Buddy and I are planning our first elk hunt in 2014. Looking for a guaranteed tag, high shot %, guided hunt. My research indicates that it will be on private land and Colorado and New Mexico are good possibilties. Based on our research so far, it seems that a high % hunt for a 300+ bull is going to run north of $10,000. A high % hunt for a 5x5 or 6x6 in the 250-280 range can be done for $6,000 - $8,000. While neither of us care whether we are in the record book, we do want to mount out trophies and don't want the elk equivalent of a "scrub rack 8 point whitetail" that we are familiar with here in the Ozarks. Just looking for some education from someone more experienced. Can anyone post or send me pics of what a 250 class bull looks like, maybe a 280 and a 300? We are having a hard time deciding which hunt we need to spring for.